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Hockey Or The Arts In Winnipeg

from Bartley Kives of the Winnipeg Free Press,

All of Winnipeg’s major arts organizations are suffering at the gate during the first fall season in 15 years to see the likes of opera, ballet and theatre face off against the National Hockey League.

In what’s being described as an unprecedented situation, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Royal Winnipeg Ballet are experiencing disappointing fall seasons as walk-up attendance falls short of expectations….

While the arts administrators do not draw a direct correlation between soft sales and the return of the NHL, they said it would be foolish to ignore the attention devoted to the league’s heavily anticipated return to a city desperate to watch hockey again.

“We’re all thrilled the Winnipeg Jets are back, but the entertainment dollar is the entertainment dollar. There is only so much of it,” said Manitoba Opera’s Desrochers.


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dickshilling's avatar

poor argument. the 15k who pack the MTS center wouldn’t be going to fine art events otherwise. i dont know many hockey fans who get as excited for good tickets as they do for tickets to the opera.

“I’ve personally had the challenge of ‘Do I stay at home and watch the remainder of a very exciting Boston-Winnipeg game or do I use my MTC tickets for Saturday night?’ ” he said. “If you’re wondering, I went to the theatre.”

if the ticket has been purchased then it should make no difference. unless you were going to buy some beer, a hotdog, and a jersey at the art show.

Posted by dickshilling on 12/01/11 at 01:17 PM ET


@dickshilling: But there are lots of spinoffs that bolster the argument. If I buy season tickets for the Jets (or even just a partial plan given how pricey their tickets are), that means less money in my entire family’s entertainment budget - so if my wife is a theatre fan, that means less money for her to buy tickets with.

Posted by dzuunmod on 12/01/11 at 07:09 PM ET

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